Hardik Pandya on captaincy: Hardik Pandya now wants to captain Team India


Lauderhill (Florida): India registered a massive 88-run win over West Indies in the fifth and final T20I. After this, all-rounder Hardik Pandya said that he is ready for the role of full-time captaincy of the national team in future. Hardik Pandya was captaining in the last match after captain Rohit Sharma was given rest. Pandya captained Gujarat Titans to their maiden title in IPL 2022 and led India to a 2-0 T20 series win over Ireland in June.

Pandya said after the match, ‘Yes! Why not? If I get a chance in future, I will be very happy to do so, but right now we have Asia Cup and World Cup. We’re going to focus on that. It is very special to get a chance to lead our country. Getting that opportunity and winning that means a lot to me as a captain. I just want to play the role of my captain.

Despite regular players like skipper Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and batsman Suryakumar Yadav being rested from Sunday’s match, India scored 188 runs to bundle out West Indies for just 100 runs. “I think all the players have the kind of talent and the kind of freedom we are getting now. This is new India, the way they are playing. I can see many players playing freely. I can see a lot of people express themselves and don’t worry about the outcome, which makes us even better as a team.’

Sunday’s match was also the first time the spinners took all ten wickets in a T20 match. Left-arm spin all-rounder Axar Patel took the first three wickets, while leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi took four and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav had three wickets to his name. Pandya said, ‘I got Axar to bowl with the new ball, and I wanted him to get back the confidence and bowl well. I know what kind of bowler he is, when he bowls, he creates opportunities for the team, and the wrist spinners have some weapons where the batsmen find it difficult to play them.

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